Cairo Santos

Titans Drop Cairo Santos

The Titans have released kicker Cairo Santos, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. This doesn’t come as a big surprise after Santos missed four field goals in Sunday’s 14-7 loss to the Bills. 

Santos joined the Titans in early September, replacing the injured Ryan Succop. Since then, he’s missed five of nine field goal tries, with most of those misses coming on Sunday.

In seven games for the Bucs in 2018, Santos made 9-of-12 field goals and nailed all 17 of his extra points. Santos also saw time in a pair of games for the Rams last year.

Santos will now look to peddle his feet someplace else as the Titans move on to a new place kicker.

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Titans Sign Cairo Santos

At the last minute, the Titans have made a kicking change. The Titans will place Ryan Succop on IR and sign Cairo Santos to take his place, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

Schefter hears that both Santos and former Bears kicker Cody Parkey auditioned for Tennessee this week and Santos, apparently, turned in the better performance.

Santos spent the offseason with the Bucs before losing the job to rookie Matt Gay. In seven games for the Bucs in 2018, Santos made 9-of-12 field goals and nailed all 17 of his extra points. Santos also saw time in a pair of games for the Rams.

Buccaneers Reach 53-Man Max

The Bucs are in the books with their 53-man roster. To get there, they’ve (naturally) dropped a boatload of players.

Among those released is running back Andre Ellington, who was out of football in 2018 but was thought to have a good shot at the roster thanks to his history with Bruce Arians in Arizona. UDFA tailback Bruce Anderson is also out, despite his pass-catching prowess.

Kicker Cairo Santos has also been shown the door after re-signing with the team in March. With that, Matt Gay has won the job.

The rest of the breakdown is below.

WAIVED:

· S John Battle

· DL Terry Beckner

· T Cole Boozer

· S Kentrell Brice

· WR Emanuel Hall

· S Isaiah Johnson

· TE Jordan Leggett

· OLB Noah Spence

· C Nate Trewyn

· CB Mazzi Wilkins

WAIVED/INJURED:

· DL Jeremiah Ledbetter

WAIVED/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY:

· QB Nick Fitzgerald

RELEASED:

· K Cairo Santos

Cairo Santos To Re-Sign With Buccaneers

Cairo Santos will re-sign with the Buccaneers, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). Greg Auman of The Athletic first reported that the two sides were nearing a deal, and Auman added that it is expected to be a one-year pact. (Twitter link).

The 27-year-old has bounced around the NFL since being waived by the Chiefs in 2017. Over the past year, Santos has had separate stints with the Jets, Rams, and Buccaneers. He joined Tampa in November following the release of Chandler Catanzaro, and the veteran proceeded to be a solid addition for his new squad.

In seven games, Santos connected on nine of his 12 field goal attempts, and he converted all 17 of his extra point tries. Santos completed at least 80-percent of his field goal attempts during his first three seasons in the NFL, and some stability may allow him to return to that level.

Buccaneers Sign K Cairo Santos

The Buccaneers waived Chandler Catanzaro earlier today, and are replacing him by signing kicker Cairo Santos, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

Catanzaro was cut earlier today after missing two of his three field goal attempts in the team’s loss to the Redskins yesterday. The Buccaneers are in the midst of a three game losing streak, and their patience with Catanzaro finally wore too thin. Catanzaro has already missed a number of kicks this season, but the team elected to stick with him each time.

Santos spent a few weeks with the Rams earlier this year while Greg Zuerlein nursed a groin injury, and has now found a home in Tampa Bay. Santos was with the Jets earlier this offseason, but was released back in August. Once one of the league’s better kickers, groin injuries derailed Santos’ career.

An undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Tulane, Santos spent a little over three seasons as the Chiefs’ kicker. After re-aggravating a groin injury early in the 2017 season he was placed on injured reserve and eventually replaced by Harrison Butker, who ended up taking his job in Kansas City.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/26/18

Here are today’s reported tryouts:

Denver Broncos

  • P Brock Miller

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Saints have had some injuries on the defensive line recently, so it makes sense why they’d bring in this group. With this large of an amount of players brought in, they will likely be signing someone soon. The Buccaneers are clearly evaluating their kicking options after Chandler Catanzaro has struggled to start the year. He made a game-winning 59-yard field goal in overtime last week, but missed an extra point and a 40-yarder at the end of regulation before that. Both Ficken and Santos have kicked for the Rams this season.

Colts To Work Out Kickers

Kai Forbath, Cairo Santos, and Taylor Bertolet are among the kickers working out for the Colts on Tuesday, sources tell Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). One of these players may wind up filling in for Adam Vinatieri as he recovers from a groin issue.

Vinatieri’s status for Sunday’s game is murky, so the Colts want to have a kicker at the ready in case he is unable to suit up. After Vinatieri missed two extra point tries against the Bills – something he hadn’t done before in his 23-year career – the Colts probably don’t want to trot him out there if he’s still hurt.

We just know he felt a little something on the first PAT, so we are just going to see how the week progresses,” head coach Frank Reich said this week (via Michael Marot of The Associated Press). “We’re going to bring in some kickers, just so you guys know, but we are not going to make any decisions until later.”

Forbath and Santos offer extensive NFL experience, while the 25-year-old Bertolet is still waiting for his first kick in a real NFL game.

Rams Release K Cairo Santos

To make room for the addition of wide receiver Nick Williams, the Rams cut kicker Cairo Santos. This likely signals Greg Zuerlein will be ready to return this week.

Santos served as Los Angeles’ kicker for the past two games, making 5 of 6 field goal attempts and 5 of 6 extra points. While it’s possible the Rams could seek another replacement kicker, in the event Zuerlein still isn’t ready to come back, Sean McVay‘s hinted at his top kicker being on the cusp of a return from his groin injury for multiple weeks now.

Santos played three seasons with the Chiefs, but a groin injury he sustained during warmups before a game in Los Angeles last season sidetracked his career. The Chiefs soon added current kicker Harrison Butker, and Santos — who did kick in two games for the Bears last season as well — has not been able to land a full-time gig since.

The Brazilian specialist took over Zuerlein-fill-in duties from Sam Ficken, whom the Rams cut earlier this season. Zuerlein has now missed five of the Rams’ six games since suffering an injury that kept him out of Week 2.

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Rams To Sign K Cairo Santos

The Rams will sign kicker Cairo Santos, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). Santos will just be holding down the fort until Greg Zierlein returns from injury, but it’s an opportunity for Santos to kick again after a lengthy layoff.

Santos is dealing with a groin problem, which has been a recurring issue for him throughout his career. The Jets were high on Santos when they signed him in March, but they bailed on him in August when the situation did not improve.

In 2017, Santos missed most of training camp with the Chiefs due to his chronic groin injury and he later aggravated the injury in Week 3. He signed with the Bears after his release, but the same problem landed him on IR.

The Brazilian specialist finished last season with the Bears, kicking in three games. The 26-year-old (27 in November) made 31 of his 35 field goal tries during his last full slate with the Chiefs in 2016.

Rams To Release K Sam Ficken

The Rams are releasing kicker Sam Ficken and intend to sign another veteran to kick until Greg Zuerlein is recovered from his groin injury, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The kicker auditions will include veterans Cairo Santos and Kai Forbath, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

Ficken, 25, took over for an injured Zuerlein at the tail end of the 2017 regular season and called upon to do the same thing this year. Unfortunately, he’s struggled in his two games, making just one of three field goal tries. The Rams are 4-0, but missed field goals could obviously cost them down the line.

Santos has historically been a solid kicker, but he’s dealt with a nagging groin injury for more than a year. Forbath, meanwhile, was released by the Vikings in August losing out to rookie Daniel Carlson. In 2017, Forbath converted 32-of-38 field goal attempts (including six-of-nine from 50+ yards), and his 84.2 accuracy percentage ranked 16th in the NFL.